writing 01 webTo begin the new year, I’m doing something a bit different. Although I always pray the Lord will give me the right words for you and, thereby, I collaborate with Him, I am going to allow three other writers to write for me, too. These other writers are people whom I don’t know, have never met, and who are not “professional” writers. I believe their words will prove powerful and inspirational and illustrative of principles from the Word of God.

Our first guest writer is Jeremiah:
“Thank you veteran’s for serving the army because of you guys I can go out side and not be afraid too and I dont have to be worried about my skin color. Also thank you guys for making my home a safe place and I dont have to be afraid to walk out side and go to the playground. I also want you guys to know that Im not just riting this because I have to I want to because my cousin sevved in the Military before I was born and he died sadily and I might not know you guys but I want you guys to be safe and stay alive so when all of this finish you can go home and see your family and be happy My cousin may have died but I know he went down fighting for his rights and sevveing the country.”

Our next new friend is Paola:
“Te Amo! Love you guys! you guys help us with every Promblem we have in florida. We love you guys. My reason are Give us Freedom, Protect us, Risk what they love, Risk there live for us. You guys fight for us and one day I want to see you guys so I can learn what you guys learn a lot. You guys give us freedom because you guys worked so hard for us. My Uncle he workes over there he helps us too and the community you guys help to. You can protect us by using wepons to protect us from the Ices.”

Finally, let me introduce Jayden, whose contribution was brilliantly illustrated with marean corps, stinger, and hate isis:
“Thanks for sirving ure contry. The U.S.A. hasent always been arondd all the time. We have been throght wars and thing. Thanks to all vettrans who served in WWI and WWII. Thes wars wer the to Biggest wars in American history.”

These letters were three that captivated me from a stack of letters at the bedside of a WWII veteran who perceives the world through dimmed eyes, muffled ears, a bitter spirit, and memories real and imaginary. These letters were written by children who know about, but have not known, the horrors of man’s inhumanity to man.

It is not my intention — and certainly uncharacteristic of my writing — to be maudlin, but the world is full of horrors: war, terrorism, drugs, alcohol, immorality, selfishness, etc. My question is, “How do we prepare the next generation?” In a few words of great power from God, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). “[T]hat the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children” (Psalm 78:6).

Get a leg up on your legacy! If you have any influence on children, may you say with the Psalmist, “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come” (Psalm 71:18).

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